2022 Walter G. Fredrickson Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: Susann Keohane

Thursday, Feb. 10 at 1:00pm
“Living to Be 100: Emerging Technologies for Healthy Aging”
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Supporting our older adults represents one of the most complex societal and economic challenges due to increased healthcare costs and decreased numbers of caregivers. In this talk, Susann Keohane will share how her passion for innovation drives her exploration of future technology to help bridge the digital divide and improve the quality of life of the aging population. She will share her recent research on understanding the lived experience of older adults using technology during the pandemic. She will also provide an overview of IBM’s cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence, internet-of-things, and devices to support personalized care delivery and management.


Susann Keohane heads the Emerging AI Health Solutions and Innovation for IBM Watson Health. She is an experienced pioneer of innovation with an aptitude for product development, growth strategies, and executing research initiatives like the IBM UCSD Center for Healthy Aging. Susann is an IBM Master Inventor with over 200 global patents issued and a 2021 inductee into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. She is an avid mentor of new inventors and an invited spokesperson for the USPTO to promote gender diversity in the patent system. With 15+ years as an experienced health innovator leading cross-functional teams, Susann is a valued executive and top contributor to IBM’s 25+ years of patent leadership. Susann holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida (BS CpE ’98), an M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Texas, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Research in Gerontology from Lancaster University in England.

About the Series

The Walter G. Fredrickson Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture Series is named in honor of Walter Fredrickson (BSEE ’57), whose long and illustrious career in the world of electronics and engineering serves as the inspiration for the interdisciplinary lecture series. After he received his BSEE (with a specialization in electronics), Fredrickson entered active duty with the Air Force Security Service. Upon finishing his service, he completed some graduate work in computer circuits and logic at the University of Maryland, ultimately joining Radiation, Inc., a small electronics company in Melbourne, Florida. There he designed airborne and ground based telemetry data systems, which led to engineering management responsibility of complex computer-based data processing, display and communications systems for military and space applications.

In 1968, after acquisition of Radiation by Harris-Intertype, he was selected to lead the development of a new line of text editing and ad layout products for the newspaper industry, which became the precursor of modern word processing and publication products and software. Mr. Fredrickson served as Chairman of the Florida High Technology & Industry Council’s Applied Research Program, and received the Governor’s Award for leadership of this industry/academia program.

During the last decade of Mr. Fredrickson’s nearly 40 year career with Harris, he became the senior corporate executive responsible for assisting all Harris divisions to improve the success rate of their new product/program activities, through emphasis on the product-to-market process with associated metrics, and a climate for innovation among interdisciplinary hardware, software and marketing teams.